Worldhotel Saltanat Almaty
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... and not just a shoot and scoot situation. www.vimeo.com/93844938 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/79649861@ N06/sets/72157644701043703/After working in Kazakhstan for 3.5 years I will be finishing my contract and will have the time to really travel around Africa at a more leisurely pace. Therefore, it is time to think out of the box for my next trip. I have decided to drive ...
... of the countryside. Arriving late afternoon, we were greeted by two young honchos. Having had oodles of time on the train to conduct some research on Kazakhstan (i.e. read my Lonely Planet repeatedly), I had somewhat expected Almaty to be a more cosmopolitan city than our previous stops on the 'Silk Road'. However, as I absorbed the surrounds en route to our hostel, it appeared even more affluent than I had imagined. The traffic was composed of ...
... frustrating. As Sam said, we would have looked like right nobheads had we hired all the kit in town and lugged it up. At least we were able to enjoy a nice lunch in the sun followed by a hold of an eagle. Wow it was enormous and so so heavy. The man kept telling me to hold my arm up and move it so the eagle would flare it's wings but after only a minute I could barely hold my arm up at all! So much for getting big guns from lifting my pack. I had best go buy some more stuff. Not ...
Today we are in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan. The new capital is Astana. Almaty is a huge city with 4 million population. It again is a mixture of the Russian influence and modern architecture. This city is very cosmopolitan with all major stores and retailers here. There are many autos on the street of all makes. Chevrolet, renault and kia are manufactured here, but there are land rovers, BMW's, mercedes on the street.
... clothes used for special occasions. John was helped into his outfit ( deel) by the man of the house with his cigarette dangling from the mouth and the women was helped by the woman of the ger. Great photo opportunities and all done in such good jest. Absolutely wonderful experience for us. When we left addresses were exchanged so that we could forward photos we had taken. John and I took a slightly different walk home to avoid the very strong head wind. We walked through ...